Category Archives: True Crime Authors

Police wise to reveal new clue on 10th anniversary of London mom’s slaying: Expert

London police are marking the grim 10-year anniversary of an unsolved homicide by releasing a new detail about the 2009 slaying of London mom Lisa Johnson-Leckie and publishing an emotional appeal for tips from her son, now 18.

Johnson-Leckie, a 25-year-old mother of two, was found dead in her south London apartment shortly before 7 a.m. on March 24, 2009, by her partner.

In a video presented at a police press conference Friday, her eldest son, Sean Leckie, said he had to grow up without the love and support of his mother and live with unanswered questions every day since her death.

“I don’t want sympathy, I just want it over with. I want to know why someone would want to hurt my mother and everyone around her so badly,” he said.

“If you have any info, please, please come forward. Even the smallest thing. Reporting can do nothing but help the case along.”

The police

Read more at: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/london-moms-killer-left-type-written-note-at-homicide-scene-police-reveal

The serial killer cases which continue to haunt US police

Here’s a select list of convicted American serial killers and notable open or unsolved cases.

Serial murder is defined by the FBI as two or more killings separated by a span of time. A majority of serial killings are sexually motivated, according to the FBI.

Serial murders are relatively rare. Fewer than one percent of homicides during a given year are committed by serial killers, the FBI reports.

For information about rampage murders, single incidents in which four or more people were killed, see Rampage Killings Fast Facts.

DAVID BERKOWITZ

Nickname: Son of Sam

Number of confirmed victims: 6

Years and location: 1970s, New York City

Characteristics: Initially claimed a neighbour’s dog was possessed by an ancient spirit that commanded him to shoot people. The dog owner’s name was Sam. Berkowitz later said the dog story was a hoax.

Arrest, conviction and sentence: Arrested on August 10, 1977. Pleaded guilty to murdering six people and sentenced to 25-years-to-life

Read more at: https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/22/11/07/news-united-states-serial-killers-crime-murder-unsolved-killings

10 Things to Do This Weekend

Events to check out this weekend, March 21 to March 24.

1. Delve into true crime.
“If it bleeds, it leads” has combined with our thirst for entertainment and instinct for self-preservation, and today the true crime genre has spread to whole television stations and new podcasts daily. Through Sunday we also get New York’s first Death Becomes Us true crime festival, where you’ll have opportunities to hear from investigator Paul Holes of Golden State Killer fame, author Billy Jensen, former FBI agent and pioneer of criminal profiling John E. Douglas in conversation with Damien Echols and Amanda Knox, a ladies of true crime author panel, a special edition of the comedy dating show Tinder Live with festival talent as guests, a screening of Zodiac, and much more. Tickets are sold individually with most events at

Read more at: http://www.grubstreet.com/2019/03/weekend-agenda-march-21-to-24.html

Suspect In Gambino Boss’s Murder Shows Off QAnon Symbol On Hand

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Anthony Comello appears for his extradition hearing in Toms River, NJ(Seth Wenig/AP/Shutterstock)

The man accused of killing the head of the Gambino crime family on a residential Staten Island street last week appeared at his extradition hearing in New Jersey with QAnon symbols written on his hand. Anthony Comello, 24, also doodled other things: “Mr. Comello held up a palm on which he had scribbled ‘United We Stand,’ and ‘M.A.G.A. forever,’ as well as a circle and ‘U.S.A.,'”according to the New York Times.

Comello was arrested in Brick, New Jersey, on Saturday and agreed to waive extradition in order to face looming charges in New York related to Frank Cali’s murder. Cali, 53, the reputed leader of the Gambinos, was gunned down by a pickup truck driver according to video footage—right outside his house—around 9:15 p.m. on

Read more at: http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/gambino_maga_qanon_suspect.php

’20/20′ special explores the notorious case of Oregon child-killer Diane Downs

One of the most notorious crimes in Oregon history will be revisited this Friday, in a “20/20” two-hour documentary about Diane Downs, the woman convicted of shooting her own three children, and killing one. The special will look at the case, in which Elizabeth Diane Downs — her full name — was accused of trying to kill all three of her children after she became infatuated with a married man.

“She saw the kids as a burden,” as one of the interview subjects in the “20/20” documentary says. “They were in the way.”

As the special recounts, the shocking story began on May 19, 1983, when Downs went to an emergency room in Springfield, with a story about how she had been driving on a rural Lane County road when a “shaggy-haired stranger” supposedly stopped the car. The stranger, Downs claimed, shot her three children.

But Downs

Read more at: https://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/2019/03/2020-special-explores-the-notorious-case-of-oregon-child-killer-diane-downs.html

Conspiracy theorist? Thwarted romance? The latest in slaying of Staten Island mob boss Francesco Cali

Three days after allegedly fleeing the murder scene last week, Comello was tracked down in Ocean County, N.J., near his family’s second home. 

His mother, who works for Bloomberg, and the rest of his family were stunned to learn what happened, according to the Manhattan-based attorney retained in the case. 

“The people who know him best, his family and friends, cannot believe what they are hearing,” said attorney Robert Gottlieb. “There is something very wrong here and we will get to the bottom of it.”

Neighbors on Comello’s block in Eltingville said they knew him to be “good kid,” and a “nice guy.”

Read more at: https://expo.silive.com/news/g66l-2019/03/80eba4e2465313/conspiracy-theorist-thwarted-romance-the-latest-in-slaying-of-staten-island-mob-boss-francesco-cali.html

New Metric links with authors | News

New Metric Media, the Canadian company behind comedy series Letterkenny, has struck development deals with three authors and is planning to open an LA office.

Mark Montefiore

The Toronto-based company has optioned the rights to multiple projects from criminologist Dr Michael Arntfield; veteran author and Toronto Star’s lead investigative reporter for organised crime Peter Edwards; and popular online personality Anne T Donahue.

Going into development at the firm are Monster City, a series based on true crime author Arntfield’s book of the same name, which explores cases such as the serial killers who terrorised Nashville’s music scene for over three decades. Arntfield is attached to consult on the project.

New Metric Media is extending its partnership with Edwards, who currently serves as an executive producer on its Netflix series Bad Blood, based on one of his books.

The indie prodco will develop multiple television series to

Read more at: https://www.c21media.net/new-metric-links-with-authors/

Source: Alleged killer of Staten Island mob boss claimed fear for own life

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In the days following the murder of reputed Gambino crime boss Francesco (Franky Boy) Cali, the alleged gunman told NYPD detectives he feared Cali was going to kill him, a law enforcement source told the Advance on Monday.

Anthony Comello, 24, of Eltingville, was due in court Monday in Ocean County, N.J., where he was tracked down by police and arrested three days after the violent ambush Wednesday on Hilltop Terrace.

He’s expected to be extradited to Staten Island where he’ll be arraigned, perhaps early next week.

Manhattan-based attorney Robert Gottlieb has been retained by the family to represent Comello in what promises to be a nationally-recognized case.

“The people who know him best, his family and friends, cannot believe what they are hearing,” said Gottlieb in a statement to the Advance. “There is something very wrong here and we will get to

Read more at: https://www.silive.com/crime/2019/03/source-alleged-killer-of-staten-island-mob-boss-claimed-fear-for-own-life.html

New Media Metric To Launch U.S. Division With Crime Drama, Mob, Comedy Projects

New Media Metric To Launch U.S. Division With Crime Drama, Mob, Comedy Projects

New Metric Media, the independent production company behind Hulu’s hit series “Letterkenny” and the popular Netflix series “Bad Blood”, has optioned the rights for multiple projects from three renowned authors including bestselling Criminologist Dr. Michael Arntfield (“Murder City: The Untold History of Canada’s Capital of Serial Homicide”), veteran author and Toronto Star’s lead investigative reporter for organized crime Peter Edwards and popular online personality Anne T. Donahue, announced today by Mark Montefiore, President, New Metric Media.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Michael, Anne and Peter as we look to attach like-minded and reputable creators and showrunners to these projects,” commented Montefiore. “Discovering compelling material and IP like we have on these fascinating stories shows our commitment to developing unique and premium content. As our scripted slate increases, we plan to expand our

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/New-Media-Metric-To-Launch-US-Division-With-Crime-Drama-Mob-Comedy-Projects-20190318

New Media Metric To Launch US Division With Crime Drama, Mob, Comedy Projects

New Media Metric To Launch U.S. Division With Crime Drama, Mob, Comedy Projects

New Metric Media, the independent production company behind Hulu’s hit series “Letterkenny” and the popular Netflix series “Bad Blood”, has optioned the rights for multiple projects from three renowned authors including bestselling Criminologist Dr. Michael Arntfield (“Murder City: The Untold History of Canada’s Capital of Serial Homicide”), veteran author and Toronto Star’s lead investigative reporter for organized crime Peter Edwards and popular online personality Anne T. Donahue, announced today by Mark Montefiore, President, New Metric Media.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Michael, Anne and Peter as we look to attach like-minded and reputable creators and showrunners to these projects,” commented Montefiore. “Discovering compelling material and IP like we have on these fascinating stories shows our commitment to developing unique and premium content. As our scripted slate increases, we plan to expand our

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/New-Media-Metric-To-Launch-US-Division-With-Crime-Drama-Mob-Comedy-Projects-20190318